Set Profile > College Chambers > Southampton, England

Chambers of Derek Marshall
College Chambers
19 CARLTON CRESCENT
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 2ET
England

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3

College Chambers is home to a strong Chancery team which deals with a variety of matters, but is particularly strong on probate, wills, and administration matters. Carol Davies is particularly experienced in such matters, with recent work dealing with the validity of wills, the severing of joint tenancies shortly before death, and multi-jurisdictional matters. Tahina Akther is also recommended, for both contentious and advisory work, and recently advised on a £9m estate with substantial transatlantic assets and the involvement of American trust structures. Derek Marshall offers a different angle to the team, with a substantial practice as both a mediator and arbitrator.

Leading Juniors

Tahina Akther - College ChambersA strong drafter, with good knowledge of procedure, and recommended advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carol Davies - College ChambersAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Derek Marshall - College ChambersVery experienced in Inheritance Act claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

Anthony Hand heads the care and children team at College Chambers and regularly appears in the High Court. Hand primarily handles Children Act and adoption cases, but is also instructed in matrimonial finance issues. He successfully represented a mother in a case of failing to prove a non-accidental injury claim, as is described as a 'go-to for parents and local authority work'. He also appeared in Dorset Council v E (Article 15 B11R), which considers the law around transferring care proceedings under The Hague Convention. The 'robustTahina Akther heads the set's family finance team and is particularly noted for cross-bored, complex financial disputes.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Anthony Hand - College ChambersHe has a forensic attention to detail, particularly in complex FII and NAI matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Tahina Akther - College ChambersTahina is very helpful in complex family cases involving trusts and she also has good pension knowledge. Personally I find she is very approachable, always happy to discuss cases and good with clients, offering them clear, easy to understand advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Southampton- based College Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family law and Chancery matters concerning private wealth and inheritances. In recent news, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington appointed a Deputy District Judge, while the set's family and children team has been strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister Tory Putnam.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘The Clerks are always extremely helpful. Wayne Effeny, the Senior Clerk provides indepth knowledge as to the knowledge and experience of the individual counsel and is able to match counsel to the client and the case. Wayne is mindful of the client’s financial circumstances and is willing and able to discuss fees accordingly.’

Ben McLachlan and Alis Simioniuc are incredibly helpful, polite and professional.’

‘Ben McLachlan is particularly helpful and will always go out of his way to assist.’

‘The clerks room is well run, under the capable management of Wayne Effeny, the senior clerk. The clerks are friendly and approachable, and well organised. I do not recall being disappointed or let down in recent memory.’

‘This is a well clerked chambers, led by Wayne Effeny The team have an excellent awareness of my requirements and expectations and respond rapidly to get me the right individual. They are able to work creatively to provide support outside the typical provision at short notice. They provide relevant and well thought out training. In short they are a pleasure to do business with and I have never had cause to raise any kind of complaint.’

Set:

‘College Chambers has a great variety of advocates available to represent all clients in care proceedings.’

‘College Chambers have a very effective mix of counsel of varying seniority and a good grasp of the difficult financial position of local authorities. They are able to match my requirements to the correct level of counsel so that the cost remains highly competitive but the barrister instructed is never out of their depth. The junior counsel offered to me are invariably excellent.’

‘College Chambers offers counsel of all levels of experience at fair and competitive cost. It is for this reason that they have been my preferred choice of set for the last 10 or so years.’

For a set that operates outside of London, there are some very good quality barristers. On the occasions where first choice counsel is unavailable, the alternative cover is normally first rate.’

‘Strong set. Plenty of counsel in this area, varying levels of experience.’

‘The Chambers are a strong set of Chambers. They are always willing to help, and have good availability and range of Counsel to undertake hearings. They also provide useful training courses which are either free or low cost and good value for money.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3

College Chambers is home to a strong Chancery team which deals with a variety of matters, but is particularly strong on probate, wills, and administration matters. Carol Davies is particularly experienced in such matters, with recent work dealing with the validity of wills, the severing of joint tenancies shortly before death, and multi-jurisdictional matters. Tahina Akther is also recommended, for both contentious and advisory work, and recently advised on a £9m estate with substantial transatlantic assets and the involvement of American trust structures. Derek Marshall offers a different angle to the team, with a substantial practice as both a mediator and arbitrator.

Leading Juniors

Tahina Akther - College ChambersA strong drafter, with good knowledge of procedure, and recommended advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carol Davies - College ChambersAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Derek Marshall - College ChambersVery experienced in Inheritance Act claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

Anthony Hand heads the care and children team at College Chambers and regularly appears in the High Court. Hand primarily handles Children Act and adoption cases, but is also instructed in matrimonial finance issues. He successfully represented a mother in a case of failing to prove a non-accidental injury claim, as is described as a 'go-to for parents and local authority work'. He also appeared in Dorset Council v E (Article 15 B11R), which considers the law around transferring care proceedings under The Hague Convention. The 'robustTahina Akther heads the set's family finance team and is particularly noted for cross-bored, complex financial disputes.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Anthony Hand - College ChambersHe has a forensic attention to detail, particularly in complex FII and NAI matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Tahina Akther - College ChambersTahina is very helpful in complex family cases involving trusts and she also has good pension knowledge. Personally I find she is very approachable, always happy to discuss cases and good with clients, offering them clear, easy to understand advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Southampton- based College Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family law and Chancery matters concerning private wealth and inheritances. In recent news, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington appointed a Deputy District Judge, while the set's family and children team has been strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister Tory Putnam.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘The Clerks are always extremely helpful. Wayne Effeny, the Senior Clerk provides indepth knowledge as to the knowledge and experience of the individual counsel and is able to match counsel to the client and the case. Wayne is mindful of the client’s financial circumstances and is willing and able to discuss fees accordingly.’

Ben McLachlan and Alis Simioniuc are incredibly helpful, polite and professional.’

‘Ben McLachlan is particularly helpful and will always go out of his way to assist.’

‘The clerks room is well run, under the capable management of Wayne Effeny, the senior clerk. The clerks are friendly and approachable, and well organised. I do not recall being disappointed or let down in recent memory.’

‘This is a well clerked chambers, led by Wayne Effeny The team have an excellent awareness of my requirements and expectations and respond rapidly to get me the right individual. They are able to work creatively to provide support outside the typical provision at short notice. They provide relevant and well thought out training. In short they are a pleasure to do business with and I have never had cause to raise any kind of complaint.’

Set:

‘College Chambers has a great variety of advocates available to represent all clients in care proceedings.’

‘College Chambers have a very effective mix of counsel of varying seniority and a good grasp of the difficult financial position of local authorities. They are able to match my requirements to the correct level of counsel so that the cost remains highly competitive but the barrister instructed is never out of their depth. The junior counsel offered to me are invariably excellent.’

‘College Chambers offers counsel of all levels of experience at fair and competitive cost. It is for this reason that they have been my preferred choice of set for the last 10 or so years.’

For a set that operates outside of London, there are some very good quality barristers. On the occasions where first choice counsel is unavailable, the alternative cover is normally first rate.’

‘Strong set. Plenty of counsel in this area, varying levels of experience.’

‘The Chambers are a strong set of Chambers. They are always willing to help, and have good availability and range of Counsel to undertake hearings. They also provide useful training courses which are either free or low cost and good value for money.’

Photo Name Position Profile
 Tahina Akther photo Tahina Akther Head of Family Finance
 Carol Davies photo Carol Davies Deputy Head of Chambers
 Anthony Hand photo Anthony Hand Head of Department
 Derek Marshall photo Derek Marshall Head of Chambers

COMPANY/FIRM: Biscoes Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Derek Marshall is a specialist in dispute resolution matters including commercial disputes, chancery and contested wills and probate disputes. I would not hesitate in recommending Derek to colleagues and fellow professionals as an advocate or indeed as a mediator.


COMPANY/FIRM: Tracy Morris
TESTIMONIAL: Tahina Akther is very impressive in the court room and had the Claimant pulled to pieces with minutes. We obviously won the case against us and cannot praise her performance enough. She is one very professional lady and we would recommend her to anyone.


COMPANY/FIRM: BCP Council
TESTIMONIAL: I am always utterly impressed with how bright, engaging and hard working Anthony Hand is. I am also always astounded with his knowledge of the law. Mr Hand is the first choice for Social Workers because of his excellent advocacy skills


COMPANY/FIRM: Biscoes
TESTIMONIAL: I tend to instruct Carol Davies on contentious probate and inheritance act claims or disputes with trustees. She uses her abilities as an advocate and mediator to resolve cases and where possible reach sensible outcomes and avoiding the risks and costs of a trial. I would not hesitate in recommending Carol to colleagues and fellow